MP has concerns over plan to reorganise police

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A PORTSMOUTH MP has said she has serious concerns over plans to reorganise the police.

Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, said she appreciates some aspects of the overhaul of pay and conditions put forward by former rail regulator Tom Winsor.

But added she was not wholly convinced with the proposals, which include cutting £60m a year in overtime and have been branded a ‘kick in the teeth’ by Hampshire Police Federation.

Hampshire Constabulary also faces budget cuts of up to £50m by 2015 due to the government’s spending squeeze, which will lead to the axing of 300 officer and 700 staff jobs.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘I had a productive meeting with Tom Winsor where we discussed in depth the rationale behind his proposals.

‘While I appreciate the need for reform, and also would agree with some of his conclusions if we were starting with a blank sheet of paper, the combined impact of the proposals on individual officers remains a serious concern for me.

‘I would be extremely grateful if Officers would help me in my next steps on this issue by dropping me a brief email having used the online calculator to let me know how they will be financially affected, if possible by June 11.’

The calculator is at review.police.uk/publications/online-calculator and email penny.mordaunt.mp@parliament.uk.